Houston Rockets vs Miami Heat Preview

By Michael Ma

Feb 6 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) is pressured by Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers (15) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

A look at the Houston Rockets matchup with the Miami Heat Sunday afternoon by the numbers.


The offensive rating for the Heat, good for 1st in the NBA. The Rockets led the league in this category a season ago, but have now dropped to 7th, and are in jeopardy of not breaking the 100 point mark for the 3rd consecutive game for the 2nd time this season. The Heat are 32-5 this season when their opponents don’t score 100 points.


The field goal percentage for the Heat as a team, which ranks 1st in the NBA. The Rockets, however, have made tremendous strides defensively in recent weeks and now rank 5th in the league in defensive field goal percentage, holding opponents to just 43.9 percent shooting.  The Rockets held the Heat to 47 percent shooting in the first meeting, a 106-103 win on March 4.


Since Lebron James’ 61 points on March 3 against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Heat have dropped 5 of their last 6 games, which began with a loss to the Rockets.


The last season when the Rockets swept the Heat in a season series. The Rockets have not dropped 3 games in a row so far this season and are in danger of doing so after falling at Oklahoma City and Chicago.


The number of turnovers committed by the Rockets in the first meeting, which led to 23 points for the Heat. Needless to say, the Heat lead the NBA in fast-break points and points off turnovers; taking care of the ball is a must.

Tip: 2:30 PM CT